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Date: 06/10/19 09:19
Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: santafe199

This is no longer the “fireman’s” view from a locomotive cab. In the brave new world of modern crew consist agreements (ca 1987) this is the assistant engineer’s view from the cab of former BN 6337. I am that assistant engineer, although it will be 2 more years before I will complete upstart Montana Rail Link’s locomotive engineer training program and take promotion.

The SD40 I’m riding in is still painted in BN Cascade Green, but now belongs to MRL. I’m working train ML (Missoula ~ Laurel), a mainline local that will change crews in Helena. At the throttle is my partner, former MILW hogger R. T. “Ted” Lane. We’ve taken the siding at Drummond, but were still rolling down to the east end when this westbound showed up. That’s parallel Interstate 90 over on the left…

1. LMX 8594 leads a westbound manifest (tr 195?) at Drummond, MT on April 27, 1988.
Train consist: 6337, 1929 & 6320 (all former BN) with 35 loads, 44 empties & 4485 tons.

Thanks for looking back!
Lance Garrels
santafe199




Date: 06/10/19 10:08
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: Fortyfooter

Super view thanks for the pic! I like the LMX leader!



Date: 06/10/19 11:10
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: Ritzville

A very NICE look into the past!

Larry



Date: 06/10/19 12:58
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: gcm

Great shot.
Gary



Date: 06/10/19 16:35
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: BoostedFridge

You don't see a lot of pictures of that original LMX scheme.  Thanks for sharing this moment.



Date: 06/10/19 16:50
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: tomstp

Hard to find an uglier locomotive.



Date: 06/10/19 18:56
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: OliveHeights

I cringe every time I see one of those LMX units.



Date: 06/10/19 19:53
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: santafe199

OliveHeights Wrote: > ... cringe every time ...

I learned to cringe very quickly whenever I found out I was getting one on the point. Over-powered, gut-jarring pieces of $#!+.......

But at least they were ugly...



Date: 06/10/19 20:09
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: SCKP187

Neat photo despite the LMX.  For several years those were about all we saw here in Tulsa--I think all the green locos were on other parts of the system.
Brian Stevens



Date: 06/11/19 07:36
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: texchief1

Nice shot, Lance!

Randy Lundgren



Date: 06/11/19 07:38
Re: Montana Monday: in the hole at Drummond
Author: dan

but the b units were green



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